Connected through our shared Vision and individual connections to youth athletics, the NAS leadership team brings extensive collective experience in business, marketing and operations.

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James Shipley

img_jamesshipleyFounder & President
James manages all marketing activities on behalf of NAS, brand partners and all affiliated school districts, including strategy, program creation, sponsorship sales and activation and marketing communications. He has more than 20 years experience using sponsorships to increase awareness and customer acquisition for brand clients. email:

Jenell Marcus

JenellDigital Media Specialist, Graphic Designer
Jenell manages all of NAS's internal website content management and design, including creation of corporate marketing and sales materials, and maintaining social media channels. She also operates the support desk for all NAS clients. Prior to NAS, Jenell owned a graphic design business and managed a commercial retail printing facility. 

Sharon Jones

SharonJones2StatSquad Director
Dr. Sharon Jones manages the StatSquad STEM program at NAS, she is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community college, where she leads and continues to develop the SAS Program in the Continuing and Corporate Education department. Dr. Jones has been in education for 12 years as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Wake County Schools and as an industry trainer. email:


Lucas Tanner

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Chief Operations Officer
Lucas has been a media executive for over 21 years.  As a COO and CFO, he has helped build and lead 6 media and technology companies. As an  investment banker, he has financed over 50 companies with over $500 million. 
He is passionate about building companies and believes in data driven decisions and collaborative teamwork. He holds an MBA from Columbia university in Finance and BA from University of California at Berkeley. email:

Chris Barry

Corporate Partnerships
School District Manager
Chris is responsible for account management with NAS clients.  Chris has over 20 years of experience in managing corporate and non-profit accounts, as well as being a Business Coach to executives and entrepreneurs. Chris’ expertise supports in expanding corporate relationships to drive revenue to the properties. email:

Timothy Chartier

chartierAssociate Professor of Mathematics, Davidson College
The StatSquad curriculum was developed in a partnership between NAS and renown statistician Tim Chartier. Dr. Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. He holds both a B.S. degree in applied mathematics and a M.S. degree in computational mathematics from Western Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.



Thom Liggett

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Thom is a collaborative corporate leader with over 25 years’ experience creating and protecting value for companies and their owners. Through Performance Capital Partners, Thom maps, measures and manages enterprise stakeholder networks as the foundation for high velocity growth management in private equity firms and their portfolio companies, public companies and other established businesses. Thom resides in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife Valorie and their four children. email:

Ashley Mikulski

ashlet_1Director, Corporate Partnerships (Wake County)
School District Manager (Wake County)
Ashley is responsible for facilitating relationships between corporate partners and Wake County Schools. Through identifying strategic opportunities she is able to drive sponsorship revenue and foster strong community ties. As a former collegiate athlete, she understands the lifetime benefits of high school athletics and brings an enthusiasm to fortifying and expanding athletic programming within the Wake County community.  email: